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Culling the Game Collection: A Work in Progress

Lowell Kempf
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I have always been a collector and a packrat. It’s part of who I am and part of my nature. And, to be honest, I don’t see that as something that’s going to change. I’m not going to become an ascetic and live a possession-free life. However, one thing that I have been working on is managing my collecting and packrat nature.

Now, I’ve never been to the point where I was in danger of going on Hoarders. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

However, by the time my fiancé got ready to move in with me, I knew that I had a problem and that something had to change. The problem was that I had a spare room full of boxes of books and games, some of which hadn’t been opened in five years. Truly, full to the point where you couldn't see the floor. Okay, that was on top of having a shelf of games in the kitchen that took up a third of the wall and games and books squirreled away in other places as well.

Part of the problem might have been my acquisitive nature. I couldn’t pass up a bargain and I could relate all too well to Igor from Dork Tower’s cry of “It must be mine!” But, clearly, part of the problem was that I didn’t have enough room for another human being and another cat to move in!

Well, I spent a month ruthlessly culling the books. We made multiple trips to a local used bookstore, once even renting a cargo van, until I was down to two book shelves of books. She got me a nook with extra memory so I could develop an electronic library, which I have indeed been doing. It might not be the same but, let me tell you, the space difference makes it totally worth it.

Unfortunately, culling games isn’t quite as easy and it’s a process that it still ongoing.

Step one was, of course, deciding what games had to go. In some cases, that was an easy choice. Some games I bought just because they were cheap and I knew that I was probably never going to play them. Other games were ones that I had tried out and hated. Those could go as well.

Then, there were games that I knew just weren’t going to see much, if any, play. A board game collection exists to be played (except for my collection of 3M games. Mine! MINE! Hisss!) and a game that’s just taking up shelf space and doing nothing else may have to make way for a game that will hit the table.

I have given games to friends and I have given games to charitable institutions and I have sold games to bookstores, particularly when I was sure that they didn’t have much resale value anyway. I still have a couple stacks of games to get rid of.

I’m thinking about using the geek market place, which I’ve never done before. A little scary since I’ve shied away from e-bay and similar places (since I clearly have poor self-control when it comes to buying stuff ) However, that might be the next logical step.

I'm not done yet and I have a feeling that something I need to learn how to do is regularly assess and cull the collection.
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